CARY FROM THE COCK

Cary Curran is one of downtown's brightly-shining, multi-talented stars. Having supported the great Mike Albo, performed as a Dazzle Dancer and acted in the Caden Manson/Big Art Group, she now has her own show, and it is terrific! The title refers to the fact that she was a frequent visitor to a now-defunct East Village gay bar, The Cock. One of the players selling lines is: "This show gives fag hags a voice."

Created, performed and written by Curran, with writing help by Albo and direction by Andi Stover, the show is a series of routines that show off her skills as a dancer, singer, humorous story-teller, and an all-around ball-of-fire on stage. Of her audience-pleasing workshop version performed at the Chocolate Factory last year, she could accurately say, "What people like about this show is that they can tell I really enjoy myself on stage." In the performance, she talks about going to a Christian teen camp, her past love affairs and even imitates two sexed-up gay guys talking on the phone. She's sweet and smart, totally honest, can dance her ass off and you don't have to be a gay man to love her. "It's very different from most one-woman shows," says Curran. "It's not a rant. It's more about learning to laugh at yourself, and learning to accept yourself -- even if you're weird."

The Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond St., (212) 868-4444. May 10-26. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m. $25.

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